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Quote of the day No 288

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Early in 1965 the Rochdale Canal Company came out with a Bill to denavigate the short length through which Parrot had battled so bravely. The I.W.A. in London immediately considered petitioning against the Bill and asked us what financial support we could raise locally. There was little time, but we appealed to boat clubs, fishermen, the Civic Trust, local authorities and Chambers of Commerce, civic societies and private individuals, and soon had raised several hundred pounds and could set to work with the solicitors and Parliamentary Agents. We also organized a public protest meeting advertised in the press and scheduled to take place on a Saturday afternoon. Despite bad weather and a one-day bus strike, the hall we hired was full to overflowing and many people had to stand throughout. I was one of those who made impassioned speeches; my voice had nearly gone before we started, and it left me completely soon after I sat down. Once more the meeting resolved to fight the denavigation of the Rochdale Canal and save the Cheshire Ring.

One or two letters appeared in the local press urging the filling in of these ‘killer canals’; but they brought a flood of replies from canal enthusiasts, for we knew that lengths of abandoned canal never get filled in and become even more dangerous playgrounds.

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